Thursday, December 02, 2004
This is damned misleading
Okay, so the headline and accompanying blurb is "Through enemy eyes: A blacksmith turned insurgent, Abu Mohammed undertook an odyssey this month that took him from the battlefields of Fallujah, roiled with religion, to a harrowing escape across the Euphrates River, to a lonely exile in Baghdad, where he waits to fight another day. It began with the death of his son, Ahmed, whose short life was ended by an American bullet."
You have to read the story to learn (halfway through) that his kid VOLUNTEERED TO BE AN INSURGENT, and started his terrorist activities by laughing and joking around with American soldiers (and accepting gifts of candy and food from those soldiers) at a political building, then later using the American's familiarity with him to get inside and plant a bomb.
And, despite what one might believe by reading the above-mentioned blurb, the boy was not cut down by a stray bullet -- he was killed while involved in front-line fighting in Fallujah, with his father's approval.
Well, I have just one thing to say -- I'm glad the kid is dead.
He was an enemy and a terrorist. I hope we kill more of them.
As to the father, sorry -- I have no sympathy. This is not a kid killed by a random bullet while trying to stay out of the fighting. This kid was a combatant, and combatants sometimes die. If dad can't handle that, then perhaps he should not have allowed his TWELVE YEAR OLD SON to engage in terrorism, eh?